Effective immediately, Wade Brewer has been promoted to the position of Director of Manufacturing. Mr. Brewer has more than thirty-five years of print industry experience, ten of those with Ennis most recently as a Business Unit Director. He will continue to drive plant operations, as well as promote future growth. He will be responsible for all manufacturing operations. Kevin Johnston and Steve Reifel, the existing Business Unit Directors, will report to him. Effective February 1, 2021, Tony Orsello will be promoted to the position of Business Unit Director reporting to Wade Brewer. He will be relocating to the Corporate office in Midlothian, Texas. Effective February 1, 2021, Henry Schultz will assume the duties as General Manager for the Northstar Brooklyn Park facility replacing Tony Orsello. Mr. Schultz will drive the daily sales and production activities of Northstar and will report to Mr. Orsello as his Business Unit Director.
R.R. Donnelley & Sons Company (“RRD” or the “Company”) (NYSE: RRD) today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement (the “Chatham Merger Agreement”) to be acquired by affiliates of Chatham Asset Management, LLC (“Chatham”), a leading private investment firm, in an all-cash transaction with a total enterprise value of approximately $2.3 billion and total equity value of approximately $897 million. RRD today also announced that it has terminated its previously announced merger agreement with affiliates of Atlas Holdings LLC (“Atlas”), dated November 3, 2021 (as amended on December 9, 2021, the “Amended Atlas Merger Agreement”), pursuant to which affiliates of Atlas had agreed to acquire RRD for $10.35 per share in cash. The termination of the Amended Atlas Merger Agreement follows the decision by Atlas to waive its contractual opportunity through December 16, 2021 to negotiate an amendment of the Amended Atlas Merger Agreement such that the transaction contemplated by the Chatham Merger Agreement would no longer constitute a “Superior Proposal” as defined in the Amended Atlas Merger Agreement.
The Chatham Merger Agreement has been unanimously approved by the RRD Board of Directors (the “Board”). Under the terms of the Chatham Merger Agreement, an affiliate of Chatham will acquire all of the RRD common stock not already owned by affiliates of Chatham for $10.85 per share in cash. The purchase price represents a premium of 4.8% over $10.35, the price per share of RRD common stock under the Amended Atlas Merger Agreement.
“This transaction, which follows a robust and thorough process, is a recognition of the enormous value created by our talented employees, whose passion and dedication to the success of RRD and our clients has enabled us to achieve this important milestone,” said Dan Knotts, RRD President and Chief Executive Officer. “Under Chatham’s ownership, I expect that RRD will remain an industry leading marketing and business communications company, with enhanced resources and flexibility, to effectively meet the evolving needs of our clients.”
“As a longstanding, supportive investor in RRD, we are pleased to have reached this agreement with the Company. RRD possesses a strong portfolio of assets and capabilities, and we look forward to leveraging our deep understanding of its business, as well as our extensive experience in the print media and related industries, to drive long-term value for all stakeholders,” said Chatham.